As I’ve gotten older I’ve come to enjoy renting a house or apartment when I travel. It makes my trip feel more personal and comfortable than staying in a hotel, and above all I really love having the option to cook at least some of my meals.
I've also learned that creativity is essential when you're cooking while traveling. Aside from basic cookware, utensils and dishes, my expectations for the kitchen in my vacation rental are pretty low. I know better than to expect a spice cabinet like to the one I’m used to at home. I don’t expect the kitchen to be stocked with a variety of cooking oils, a pepper grinder or finishing salt. Aged balsamic vinegar? It’s probably not going to be there.